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Mandera Governor Roba survives blast

15 October 2014, 12:07 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - Mandera Governor Ali Roba has survived an explosion aimed at his motorcade.

The Governor survived unscathed after an explosion rocked his motorcade Wednesday morning as he was heading to his office.

It is understood that the blast damaged one of his vehicles but in the process injured his bodyguard and an aid. The two were rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Police on the ground confirmed the incident that took place at 8.43 AM in the morning and said it was caused by an IED explosive.

" The Governor is lucky to survive because the IED was aimed at his vehicle. It instead hit the other and that is how he managed to escape injury or even death", a policeman at the scene not authorized to speak told News24.

Roba was clearly shaken by the incident and rushed to safety, as one of his aides confirmed that the Governor was fine but slightly shaken.

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" He is fine but it was an attempt on his life so we have to take it seriously", the aide said.

The motive as well as perpetrators of the attack were yet to be named, with reports stating that police headquarters will comment officially on the matter at a later time.

Area residents however claimed that the police have slept on the job, saying that anyone in Mandera is a walking target.

" It is upto the police to ensure we are safe and they have not. To this day there have been several attacks and no one has been arrested or even prosecuted. We are not safe here", Ali Mohammed a boda boda operator complained.

Roba's team confirmed that the Governor will also comment on the incident at a later time.

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